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Portrait of Hugh Hope

Portrait of Hugh Hope

c. 1810

Henry Raeburn

(Scottish, 1756-1823)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 94.5 x 82 x 8 cm (37 3/16 x 32 5/16 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 75 x 61 cm (29 1/2 x 24 in.)

Gift in honor of Jane Taft Ingalls on the occasion of the Museum's Seventy-fifth Anniversary 1991.133

Fun Fact

Sir Henry Raeburn was the portrait painter for King George IV of Scotland.

Description

Raeburn painted directly on the canvas without any preliminary drawing, often giving his works an informal, spontaneous air. Although greatly influenced by his English predecessor Joshua Reynolds, Raeburn worked in a looser style, more like the work of his younger contemporary Thomas Lawrence. Raeburn painted this portrait of Edinburgh native Hugh Hope around 1810 before Hope departed for India, where he worked as a civil servant.

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